Hanover Area Teachers, Board Agree On New Five-year Contract
HANOVER TWP. — The Hanover Area School Board on Tuesday approved a new teachers contract that for the first time includes employee contributions toward health benefits.
“It was done with much cooperation from the board and the union,” said district solicitor Jack Dean. “Both sides came together in a professional way to get things done.”
The new five-year deal provides average annual pay increases of 2 percent for the first three years and 3 percent for the final two years.
It also includes a premium share for employee health benefits — 1 percent of the premium cost for the first three years with a cap of $300 per year per employee, and 2 percent for the final two years.
The premium share also means Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center teachers must have a premium share because three of the five sending school districts for the center require a premium share, Dean said.
The other two districts are Greater Nanticoke Area and Crestwood.
There was one slight adjustment to an initial agreement on the health benefits. The emergency room co-pay for employees will increase to $150, which will save the district some additional money, Dean said.
Union and district negotiators had two bargaining sessions — one in June and one in July — prior to adoption of the contract.